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WVU LaunchLab’s Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase competition focused on how students can move WV Forward

Fri, 2018-09-07 08:31

The West Virginia University LaunchLab kicked off the 2018 Fall semester with its first Welcome Back Pitch & Showcase. Participating students presented a two-minute pop-up pitch, highlighting a problem and solution that apply to one of West Virginia Forward’s three main areas of focus: business, education or human capital. Students’ pitches included specific ideas on how we can bring more manufacturing jobs to the state, advance educational opportunities to students to retain talent in West Virginia – particularly among underrepresented populations – and create more jobs.

In addition to the pop-up pitches, current LaunchLab clients demonstrated their ideas and innovations to the crowd. This first event of the year gave participants and spectators a better understanding the resources, connections and successes that the LaunchLab offers.

WVU fashion, dress and merchandising alumna and textiles entrepreneur establishes scholarship

Thu, 2018-09-06 11:14

West Virginia University students in the fashion, dress and merchandising program will benefit thanks to a new scholarship established by program alumna and a textiles industry entrepreneur, Amy Bircher. The Amy Bircher and MMI Textiles Scholarship is an endowed fund that will support FDM students who show strong academic promise.

WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education to help rural students succeed in STEM careers

Thu, 2018-09-06 10:01

Strengthening its commitment to help support broad based prosperity in West Virginia, the Center for Excellence in STEM Education at West Virginia University will lay the foundation for student success. 

“Empowering West Virginia students to pursue and stay in STEM fields is a critical component to moving West Virginia forward,” said principal investigator and WVU CE-STEM director Gay Stewart. “By encouraging just 25 percent more of our students to complete their STEM degrees, we can contribute to 75 percent of the state’s additional workforce needed over the next decade. That is a real and powerful impact we cannot afford to pass by.” 

WVU Extension Service and partners host series of safety trainings for fruit, vegetable growers

Thu, 2018-09-06 08:38

West Virginia University Extension Service is helping local farmers and agribusiness owners navigate new safety regulations and procedures while providing education and training to increase consumer safety from these foodborne illnesses. Teaming up with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and West Virginia State University, WVU Extension Service is offering a series of Food Safety Modernization Act training sessions for fruit and vegetable growers, as well as others interested in learning about produce safety.

2018-19 WVU men's basketball schedule announced

Wed, 2018-09-05 12:36

WVU will open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 at home against Buffalo. Six days earlier, the Mountaineers will play its lone exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against Alderson Broaddus. The non-conference home schedule is highlighted by Pitt's first visit to the WVU Coliseum since 2012 and three teams (Buffalo, Rider and Jacksonville State) who advanced to postseason play in 2017-18.

WVU researcher works to improve access to depression care in rural areas

Wed, 2018-09-05 12:01

Rates of depression tend to be higher in rural areas than in urban ones, yet rural residents may have a harder time accessing mental health care. Driving to see a psychiatrist or counselor may take hours, and wait times for an appointment may take months.

West Virginia University researcher Robert Bossarte has received a $13.3-million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to compare three treatment strategies for rural depressed patients: antidepressants alone; antidepressants combined with unguided cognitive behavior therapy provided online; and antidepressants combined with guided online cognitive behavior therapy. 

Office of the Provost at WVU announces 2018-2019 class of Academic Leadership Fellows

Wed, 2018-09-05 09:30

The Office of the Provost at West Virginia University welcomed its fourth class of Academic Leadership Fellows this summer, giving nine tenured faculty members the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain direct experience in academic administration.

The fellows, chosen based on application materials, recommendation letters from administrators and interviews, will spend the 2018-2019 academic year with part-time appointments in the Office of the Provost. They will work closely with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joyce McConnell and her leadership team.

WVU researchers awarded grant to develop new techniques to enhance cyberinfrastructure security

Tue, 2018-09-04 12:00

Software plays a vital role in supporting scientific communities. Yanfang (Fanny) Ye, assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in support of her work to enhance security for modern software programming cyberinfrastructure. The award comes with $649,156 in funding over a three-year period.

Modern software programming cyberinfrastructure, consisting of online discussion platforms like Stack Overflow and social coding repositories such as Github, offers an open-source and collaborative environment for scientific communities to expedite the process of software development. Within this ecosystem, researchers and developers can reuse code snippets and libraries, or adapt existing ready-to-use software to solve their own problems. One such example, CycleGAN, a software developed by computer vision researchers, has been shared by research the community to expedite the development of novel image processing applications.

West Virginia University becomes home to State Champion paperbark maple

Tue, 2018-09-04 10:45

Thanks to West Virginia University’s growing commitment to campus tree care and an ongoing collaboration between the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Facilities Management, WVU Evansdale is now home to a newly crowned champion – the largest paperbark maple in the state. The 24-foot “State Champion” is the first of its kind to be nominated to the West Virginia Big Tree Program.

The WV Big Tree Program, administered by the WV Division of Forestry, is an ongoing effort to locate, measure and record the largest trees in the state. According to Bob Hannah, who coordinates both the Urban Forestry and Big Tree Programs for the WVDOF, the program dates back to 1963 and serves a valuable purpose.  

WVU launches new Interactive Design for Media major

Fri, 2018-08-31 08:30

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media and the WVU College of Creative Arts have developed a new major that combines journalism and communication with art and media design.

The Interactive Design for Media major, which launched in fall 2018, will teach students how to tell compelling stories through graphics, animation, video, audio, mobile apps and other forms of emerging media. The program will provide students with fundamental journalism skills, such as writing, media ethics, and audience-development and give them hands-on training in creative subjects, such as animation, coding and web design.

WVU Public Health students named Milken Institute Future Health Leaders

Thu, 2018-08-30 14:30

Three West Virginia University public health students have joined nine others from top institutions to work with leading organizations on current public health issues affecting our communities.

The students are participating in the new Future Health Leaders Pilot Program offered by the Milken Institute Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center of Public Health, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to finding solutions to complex public health challenges. 

West Virginia community colleges and WVU join together to help more students earn degrees

Thu, 2018-08-30 11:00

(Editor’s note: This news was originally shared by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System)

West Virginia community college students who transfer to West Virginia University before earning their associate degrees can now receive their credentials retroactively, thanks to a new partnership between the institution, the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) and the National Student Clearinghouse.

PRT will be closed for passenger service Sept.1 – 3

Thu, 2018-08-30 08:30

To accommodate additional testing of recent software updates, the West Virginia University Personal Rapid Transit will be closed for passenger service beginning Friday (Aug. 31) at 5 p.m. The PRT is closed on Sundays and will remain closed on Monday (Sept. 3) in observance of Labor Day. PRT passenger service will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday (Sept. 4) at 6:30 a.m. 

WVU dermatologist develops app to help medical students spot skin cancer

Thu, 2018-08-30 08:15

A dermatologist may distinguish a mole from a tumor based on a glance, the way a cook can tell parsley from cilantro by sniffing it. But medical students don’t have enough experience to make such intuitive diagnoses. 

Michael Kolodney, who chairs West Virginia University’s Department of Dermatology, has developed a smartphone app to cultivate that intuition in medical students sooner. An initial study suggests that the app, called Skinder, may improve how accurately medical students diagnose melanomas. The study’s findings have been published in “JAMA Dermatology.”

WVU plans Friday bell-ringing ceremony

Wed, 2018-08-29 09:30

West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony, coordinated by the Office of Campus and Community Life and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, on Friday (Aug. 31) in remembrance of students Christopher Stratton, Chase Peebles, Tonya Cesa and Jonathan Lester.

Stratton, 46, a graduate student studying legal studies from Stollings, died on February 17; Peebles, 23, a management information systems major from Kearneysville, died on May 5; Cesa, 20, an intermedia/photography major from Morgantown, died on May 9; and, Lester, a high school special student from Danville, died on May 27.